Ladder to Law: Hogan Lovells and Vodafone Host Social Mobility Programme

LONDON, 19 August 2013 – Hogan Lovells is set to host its pioneering social mobility programme Ladder to Law for the third year running, which will include giving students work experience with Vodafone's in-house legal team.

The initiative is aimed at encouraging access to the legal profession for people from non-traditional backgrounds and involves working with 10 London schools outside the traditional 'City' catchment area.

From 19 to 23 August, a total of 15 students aged between 16 and 17 will take part in a number of initiatives at Hogan Lovells and Vodafone.

Students will spend three days at Hogan Lovells taking part in a range of personal development workshops such as learning effective presentation and networking skills, making successful job applications and preparing for university interviews.   Students also take part in a variety of talks and case-studies detailing the different aspects of legal practice and what a career in law offers.

A smaller group of this cohort will then spend two days with Vodafone shadowing lawyers and taking part in legal workshops in order to gain an in-house legal experience and increase commercial awareness. Students will also have access to mentors at Vodafone to help them explore their university and career options.

Ruth Grant, People Development Partner and co-Chair of Hogan Lovells Diversity Committee, said: "We have always seen this project as a long-term investment and have built strong relationships with the schools and students we work with over the years.  We have expanded the programme for 2012/13 to include 10 schools from the seven initially taking part.  This is a unique programme that enables students to get a real feel for what life as a lawyer is like and to break down any perceived barriers that may be stopping them considering entering the legal profession."

Rosemary Martin, Vodafone's Group General Counsel, said: "Our partnership with Hogan Lovells is now in its third year and this initiative is tremendously rewarding for all involved.  Introducing the students to mentors and inspirational role models has become one of the key features of the scheme and we hope to encourage this year’s cohort to make the most of their A Level education and to achieve their further education and career ambitions with confidence. The students will have stronger links to the profession once the week is through and our door will remain open to them for careers guidance going forwards.” 


We have been active in this area for a number of years, including being one of the founding partners of both the Pathways to Law programme and the PRIME work experience commitment.

Ladder to Law was launched in January 2010 in London as part of our widening access strategy, and in response to the 2009 report by the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions, chaired by Alan Milburn.

The initiative directly addresses a number of key recommendations in the Milburn Report, including that all schools should work with businesses and professions to promote and support professionally led outreach programmes at late primary and early secondary age.  Also at the heart of the Report is the plan that the Government, universities, businesses and schools link up to encourage socially disadvantaged children to think about university and a professional career. As part of the initiative, Hogan Lovells is also linking up with the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford to incorporate a talk about preparing for university entrance.


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